Hemalayaa couldn't NOT smoulder if she tried. Observe:
Ordinarily, I'm suspicious of women this good-looking, but she's just so darn likable. Apart from this video series, she's known as a yogini and dance teacher.
The Bollywood Dance Workout is equally unavoidably saucy, but -- again -- just so darn likable.
I had tried this DVD several years ago (it came out in 2006) and never really followed through after I had to return it to the library. Upon revisiting it, I remembered why: one of the sections was kind of frustrating (more below.) Oh, well: onward and upward.
The Bollywood Dance Workout features two other dancers and consists of a warm-up, a few standing dances (i.e. REGULAR PEOPLE DANCES), a floor dance (i.e. SNEAKY AB WORK DISGUISED AS A DANCE), a sort of freestyle dance with just Hemalayaa (the frustrating one), and a cool-down/stretch. The case says it's 50 minutes, but it's really 47, which every elementary school math student knows should be rounded down to ///45 minutes///. About 365 calories burned, which I am certain would increase with familiarity and "getting into it."
+Narration. The voice-over was recorded separately, so the video is just of the three women dancing -- nobody is talking. It makes the "you're in a Bollywood movie" thing more plausible. Good call, Acacia.
+Fun. Good, kind of dirty fun. Of course, there are lots of hips involved, but that is to be expected. What you don't expect is the butt-shaking-on-all-fours and the frequent back-arching.
+Unique. Well, maybe not completely unique now that there are four other Bollywood Workout DVDs, but you know what I mean. Other styles of cardio dance have just about been done to death (and some iterations are better than others, as I'm coming to experience) but this is not the same old dance workout.
-It's that stinkin' freestyle section. Or, more specifically the move she calls the Running Man, but isn't really, and I can't figure out what it is or how to do it, and I'm sure I look like an idiot trying to get it, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that I still haven't changed out of my work scrubs (not exactly authentic Bollywood), but still, AURGH!
-Knee caution. There's a lot of high-velocity squatting and bouncing, so if you have bad knees, this is probably not the video for you. Or maybe it is, if you like modifying, like, half of your workout. But the bad-for-your-knees parts are fun and I think you'd be annoyed at watching everyone else having such a good time squatting and bouncing.
ALSO: every third move involves wiggling one body part or another. This could be either a plus or a minus on your personal list.